Special Event: Gary Foley in Sydney

Legendary activist and historian Gary Foley will be in Sydney in August for two special presentations at Tin Sheds Gallery, The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney.

Foley has been a major figure in Australia’s Indigenous political history, being a key organisor of the 1971 Springbok tour demonstrations, the Tent Embassy in Canberra (1972), the Commonwealth Games protest (1982), and the protests during the 1988 bicentennial celebrations. He was also involved in the formation of Redfern’s Aboriginal Legal Service (in Sydney) and the Aboriginal Medical Service (Melbourne).

In 1974 Foley was part of an Aboriginal delegation that toured China and in 1978 he was with a group that took films on black Australia to the Cannes Film festival and then to Germany and other European countries. Foley has been a director of the Aboriginal Health Service (1981) and the Director of the Aboriginal Arts Board (1983-86) and the Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern (1988) and a consultant to the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody (1988). His acting career began in 1972 with the revue Basically Black. Since then he has appeared in Backroads, Going Down, Buckeye & Pinto, Flying Doctors and as a priest in A Country Practice.

Gary Foley is coming to Sydney to present two special events at Tin Sheds Gallery, a screening of Backroads followed by a Q and A and a workshop on Sydney’s Black history.

For more information contact Tin Sheds 9351 3115 (or see below).

Film night: Special screening of Backroads.

Backroads is a classic 1978 road movie, set across outback towns in NSW, staring Gary Foley and the late Bill Hunter. Directed by Philip Noyce, it was made on a budget of $25,000 and shot by British academy-award winning cinematographer Russel Boyd. The film was perhaps a too realistic portrayal of race relations in Australia; it only ever had one commercial screening at the Lonford Cinema, Melbourne. It went on, however, to be to an international hit screening at Cannes and receiving praise from both Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog. Come to a special rescreening of this Australian cinematic classic – introduced by Gary Foley, with a Q and A afterwards.

Due to popular demand THERE IS A NEW VENUE FOR THIS EVENT, New Law School Lecture Theatre 101 (see attached map for more information). Sydney Law School
New Law School Building (F10)
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
The University of Sydney

Thur Aug 11, starts 6pm
New Law School Lecture Theatre 101

Workshop: Black Heart of the City – this event is booked out

“Living Legend” Gary Foley will be at Tin Sheds Gallery on Saturday August 13th for a special workshop on Sydney’s Black history. Gary Foley was a key participant in many of Australia’s most powerful protest movements such as the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the Springbok Tour (in Australia and NZ) and the early Black Power Movement. Come to a special presentation of stories, photographs and other treasures from his archive, including recently released material from ASIO files on activists and dissidents.

Saturday Aug 13th 2-4pm Attendance is free, but places limited, RSVP to: tin.sheds@sydney.edu.au

Tin Sheds Gallery Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning University of Sydney 148 City Road, Sydney T: 9351 8570 or 9351 3115


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